The region is rich in its biodiversity but its fragile ecology. With significant changes in global economic conditions and in India in particular, the academia will need to identify areas of study that affect NE India’s economic development alongside its environmental sustainability. Studies must address the changing economic, social, political or institutional context that will promote environmentally sustainable economic development. Alongside attention to sustaining the rich but fragile ecology of the region, appropriately scaled productive operations could be developed for the optimal use of the rich biodiversity. The forest cover, soil and water management etc must be carefully studied. Students will be encouraged to engage in research to propose projects for sustainable resource utilization. People can be lifted out of poverty.
NE India offers an ideal “laboratory” for serious study of environmental sustainability for economic development. Researchers and institutions from all over the world will collaborate with WCU. Such studies must change human behavior and actions so as to reduce ongoing damage to the ecosystem while optimizing the available potential.
Conscious efforts must be made to safeguard the socio-cultural environment. The key to the transformation of NE India will also be a culturally sensitive development. There is a growing tendency in the developing world to consider purely physical and environmental factors without reference to socio-cultural and religious realities. Studies of socio-cultural and religious factors affecting development and grassroots issues in tribal societies will play a vital role in the development process of NE India.
WCU will commission research projects that will study the sensitive tribal culture and religion in their societies now being impacted by globalization. Studies must show how values and behavior distinctive to the area can be carefully maintained alongside interaction with outside influences from the rest of India as well as global forces.
William Carey University will soon emerge as a unique institution where the academy integrates with the socio-economic and environmental realities. Our vision is to see total transformation of people and their contexts.